“House of Cards“ is based off of a book and a 1990 BBC miniseries of the same name. I have not seen or read either, so my review is solely on the Netflix adaptation.
David Fincher, the incredible director behind Fight Club, Seven, The Game, produces the show, he also directs the first couple of episodes. David Fincher establishes the style of the show in his first 2 episodes, then other directors take over.
David Fincher directing was about half the reason why I was excited for this show, so needless to say I was disappointed to find out he only did a couple of the episodes. But there is no real problem. The director of “House of Cards” rotates out every couple of episodes, but the style stays largely the same but is inconsistent between episodes. There are some other notable directors who take turns as well. Joel Shumacher (Falling Down) and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) also each direct a couple episodes.
The star of House of Cards is Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood. He is a really great actor and does not disappoint in “House of Cards“. The character is very well written and expertly portrayed by Spacey. The character is very deep and serious. The audience can even manage to take him seriously while he does the Malcolm in the Middle aside thing. Yeah, he talks to the camera sometimes, which is a little odd, but it get’s out important exposition and let’s Spacey throw in a few more awesome lines.
“House of Cards“ is full of great dialogue and lines. My favorite line from the whole show is after a story is told about a fridge falling off the back of a truck and a guy swerving to avoid it. Kevin Spacey says “That’s the difference between me and Freddy. He believes it’s his job to get out of the way of an oncoming fridge. I believe it is the fridge’s job to get out of mine.”
The new season of “House of Cards” will be on Netflix starting February 14, 2014.